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Who was Good King Wenceslas?

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This week we look at the Christmas carols we think we know.

Each day, we present the surprising and sometimes weird stories behind various carols.

Good King Wenceslas was written in England in 1853.

It's a favourite of carolers, and been recorded by the likes of Loreena McKennit, the Irish Rovers and the Skydiggers.

The main character, Good King Wenceslas, was a real king, Duke Wenceslas of Bohemia.

But was he good?

Cynthia Paces chairs the history department as a professor of modern European history at The College of New Jersey.

She's an expert on the history of Czech nationalism.


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